Open Source Education project started

I have established a hashtag for this pursuit, so if you add #OpenED to your post on almost any of the social media sites, including WordPress, you will associate that content with this community project.

There comes a time when you are drawn to starting a new project and the next thing you know is that you’re transported to calling. That’s how this feels.

Open ED - Learning just wants to be free
Open ED – Learning just wants to be free

Tweet it out loud

First, it was just an idea for a new Facebook community page to share educational resources that are open sourced (no copyright) and mostly free. Then I started feeling inspired to use my skills and background in social media to grow a movement.

Twitter is the second social media site (that it still in existence at least) that I joined, the first and longest-running is LinkedIn. Even if you don’t have a Twitter account, but have a LinkedIn, Google or Facebook one, reach out and connect with me. They are tied together to share most of my content.

#OpenED

Regardless of your account status, you can always cross-connect using what is known as a “hashtag”. I have established a hashtag for this pursuit, so if you add #OpenED to your post on almost any of the social media sites, including WordPress, you will associate that content with this community project. Easy? Yup!

Making a motto

Learning just want to be free

Free to you and me, and anyone who can access a plethora of free or nearly free, content for self-education, general learning and all educational levels; that’s the way I roll.

After a brief brainstorming sessions…with myself…I came up with the group name, motto, community rules and started up the Facebook community page. The page needs a cover and profile pic, so I created them in Adobe Illustrator using some of the free clip art files I found about a week ago hanging out on my OneDrive. Funny how things comes together that are meant to be.

Great things to come…soon

This is just one day, not even a whole day, and ideas are congealing into a viable project that I feel excited to get into the world. Expect a crowdfunding request to go out, as well as an online storefront (haven’t decided which platform yet for either).

As I like to say, stay tuned for upcoming developments…but no need to wait, just jump in on one of the many social media sites that I have already started. More, so much more, to come!

Google Book Project And “Fair Use”

The Google Library Project allows users to search and read books online. Google display 20 percent of the text in a search and allows consumers to purchase the entire book through its online storefront, Google Play. Authors, publishers and artists allege that the project amounts to massive copyright infringement, while Google maintains that its efforts are protected by fair use.

Google has faced several copyright infringement lawsuits challenging its digital book project. Last year, Google reached a settlement with the Association of American Publishers. Under the terms of the agreement, publishers can decide whether to grant permission for Google to digitize their copyrighted yet out-of-print books. If they assent, Google can add the books to its growing online library. Meanwhile, publishers will receive their own digital copy, which can then be sold online as an e-book.

via Google Book Project And “Fair Use” | Astronomy and Law.

Google’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Doodle Pits You Against Daleks, Cybermen, And Weeping Angels | TechCrunch

As we learned from that TARDIS easter egg back in August, there’s some pretty strong Doctor Who love goin’ on at Google HQ. Today, just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary, the company found another way to fly that Whovian flag. This one’s not quite as hidden as the TARDIS egg, but you’ll still have to know where to look.

Following up in their long established tradition of swappin’ out their logo for a stylized doodle to mark events, holidays, and anniversaries, Google’s doodle today is a lil’ Doctor Who-themed mini-game. It has Daleks! And Cybermen! And Weeping Angels! Alas, these angels don’t seem to care whether or not you blink — they’ll chase you down either way.

In the game, you set out as any of the first 11 Doctors sorry guys, no War Doctor appearances here to race across the map while avoiding running into any of the aforementioned baddies. One cute touch: if you die as any of the early doctors, you’ll regenerate as the next one in the timeline.

via Google’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Doodle Pits You Against Daleks, Cybermen, And Weeping Angels | TechCrunch.